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Grand Tree Trail Race Series

What is the Grand Tree?

The Grand Tree is a New England trail race series that provides competition, community, and a measure of performance relative to one's peers or oneself over time. For beginning trail racers, it's an entry to races farther from home or of differing distance or character. For new trail races, inclusion in the series can help a race become established.

How the Series Works

Run as few or as many races as you like, at least six to officially complete the series. Each race earns you points proportional to your pace as a percentage of the winner's pace, with the winner getting 100 points, and, for example, a hypothetical runner at 75% of the winner's pace getting 75 points. Your best six races determine your final standing for the series. In addition, for the "Stonehead" competition, the points for all the races you run are summed. For dual-distance races, the longer race is the Grand Tree Race.

New for the 2018 Season

Over time, as established races have grown and bumped into field limits or become too expensive for some runners, the character of the Grand Tree has drifted from days of yore and its original intent. A shift in the mixture of races in the series may better suit its role in the trail running community.

So, this year Run with the Beavers joins the series and four races that seem likely to fill up before race day are dropped. Although Blue Hills Skyline, Sisters, Stone Cat, and TARC Wapack and Back are not in the series, they are fine races - keep on running them! But your scores in the Grand Tree won't be affected if you don't register in time.

Future decisions will be made by you runners. Starting this year anyone who runs at least six races of the current season will be invited join an email list whose members decide the next year's list of Grand Tree races.

Support the race directors and clubs who make these trail races possible!

Grand Tree Results Archive

Previous Grand Trees: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003


2018 Grand Tree Schedule

Please check later for race dates not yet announced.
Snow and ice may affect trail conditions, if in doubt, check race website or GT section for race status
Last revised April 23, 2018

1

Merrimack River Trail Race, 10 mi, 9am Saturday April 14, 2018
Back parking lot of Double Tree Hotel, Old River Rd, Andover, MA
2018 GT Results
The Rivah! (race website)
2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | 2014 Results | 2014 Cool Running | 2013 Results | 2013 Cool Running
2012 Results | 2012 Cool Running | 2011 Results | 2011 Cool Running | 2010 Results | 2009 Results
2008 Results | Dave Dunham's 2008 Rivah Story - pics, video! | 2007 Results
2006 Results | 2005 Results | 2004 Results | 2006 Story in GT News
Race director
  

2

Muddy Moose Trail Race, Half marathon & 4 mi, 10am Sunday April 22, 2018
Kingswood Regional High School, 396 South Main St (Rt. 28), Wolfeboro, NH
2018 GT Results | 2018 Cool Running
Race website RunReg online reg until 9pm April 20th
2017 Results | 2017 Cool Running | 2016 Results | 2016 Cool Running | 2015 Results | 2015 Cool Running
2014 Results | 2013 Results | 2012 Results | 2011 Results | 2010 Results | 2009 Results
2008 Results | 2007 Results | 2006 Results | 2005 Results | 2004 Results
Fergus Cullen Race director
  

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Race

Soapstone Mountain Trail Races, 24K & Jerry Stage 6K, 9am Sunday May 20, 2018
Reddington Rock Riding Club (RRRC), 93 Handel Road, Stafford Springs, CT
Benefits Northern Connecticut Land Trust and Connecticut Forest & Parks Association
Shenipsit Striders race website | registration open at Ultra-Signup, pre-reg by 5/17/18, day-of
Timing and results posted at RatRace Timing
2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | 2014 Results | 2013 Results | 2012 Results | 2011 Results
2010 Results | 2009 Results | 2008 Results | 2008 Photos | 2007 Results | 2006 Results | 2005 Results
2004 Results
Debbie Livingston, Race director, (860) 512-0125
  

4a

Goodwin Forest Trail Runs, 30K (GT distance) & 10K, 9am Sunday June 3, 2018
Hampton, CT
Benefits Friends of Goodwin Forest
Friends of Goodwin Forest info & mail-in application | imathlete.com, online registration
2017 Results | 2017 Cool Running results including 10K |
2016 Results | 2016 Cool Running
2015 Results | 2015 Cool Running | 2014 pre-GT Results
Race director
  

4b

Cranmore Mountain Race, ~6.5mi, 9am Sunday June 3, 2018
North Conway, NH
acidotic RACING Race website | registration open at RunReg, discount pre-reg by 3/1/18, pre-reg by 5/31/18, day-of
Mountain series blog | USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit
2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | 2014 Results | 2013 Results
2012 Results | 2012 Results at Cool Running w/ link to photos
2011 Results | 2010 Results | 2009 Results | 2008 Results
2007 Results | 2006 Results | 2005 Results
Paul Kirsch and Chris J. Dunn, Race directors
  

5

Nipmuck South Trail Race, 14.1 mi, 9am Sunday June 10, 2018
Mansfield Hollow State Park, Mansfield CT
Shenipsit Striders race website | registration open at Ultra-Signup, pre-reg by 6/8/18, day-of
Timing and results posted at RatRace Timing
2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | 2014 Results | 2014 Flier | 2013 pre-GT results.
Scott Edington, Race director
  

6

Mount Greylock Trail Races, 13.5 & 5K, 10am Sunday June 17, 2018
Greylock Glen, Gould Road, Adams MA
Info & app, pre-reg by 6/9/18, day-of | Race Map
2017 Results, Harry Potter Comes to Mt Greylock | | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | Photos by Ben Kimball
2014 Results | 2014 Photos | 2013 Results | 2012 Results | 2011 Results | 2010 Results | 2009 Results
2009 Photos | 2008 Results | 2008 Photos | 2007 Results | 2006 Results | 2005 Results | 2004 Results
Race director
  

7

Hodges Hoedown Trail Run, 21 K (GT race) & 10K,5K 8am Sunday July 1, 2018
Oxford MA
Evolved from previous "The Dam Race"
Race info, registration opens 2/15/18
2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | non-GT 2014 Results
Race director
  

8

Run with the Beavers Trail Race, 10 mi (GT race) & 5 mi, 9am Saturday July 14, 2018
Chepachet, RI
2018 USATF-NE Trail Championship
Race website | RunReg, discount pre-reg by 3/31/18, pre-reg by 7/11/18, day-of
pre-GT Results: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Race director
  

9

People's Forest Trail Run, 7 mi, Saturday August 4, 2018
Matheis Grove Pavilion on East River Rd, Barkhamsted CT
Greystone Racing
2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | 2014 Results | 2013 Results | 2012 Results | 2011 Results
2010 Results | 2009 Results | 2008 Results | 2007 Results | 2006 Results | 2005 Results
Will Graustein (860) 485-1506, Race Director
  

10

Wapack Trail Race, ‘18 miles & 8 mountains’, 9am Sunday September 2, 2018
Windblown XC Ski Area, 1180 Turnpike Rd, New Ipswich NH
Race website | SignMeUp, discount pre-reg by 8/25/18, pre-reg by 8/31/18, day-of
2017 GT Results | Paul's 2017 race report | 2016 Results | Paul's 2016 race report
2015 Results | Paul's 2015 race report | 2014 Results | 2014 race report | 2013 Results | 2013 Race Report
2012 Race Report | 2012 Results | 2011 Results | 2010 Results | 2009 Results
2009 Race Report | 2008 Results | 2007 Results | 2006 Results | 2005 Results
Race director
  

11

Pisgah Mountain Trail Races, 23K or 50K, 8:45am Sunday September 16, 2018
Chesterfield School, Route 63, Chesterfield NH
Benefits New Hampshire Special Olympics
Race website | 2017 Registration at UltraSignup | Red Clover Rovers Club
2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | 2014 Results | 2013 Results | 2012 Results | 2011 Results
2010 Results | 2009 Results | 2008 Results | 2007 Results | 2006 Results | 2005 Results | 2004 Results
Race directors
  

12

Peaked Mt, 10K, Sunday September 23, 2018
Peaked Mt Reservation Main Parking Lot, Butler Rd, Monson MA
Benefits Peaked Mt Reservation
Race website | Ultra-Signup (2017)
2017 GT Results | 2016 results (pre-Grand Tree)
Race director
  

13

Nipmuck Trail Marathon, 26.4 mi, 8am Sunday September 30, 2018
Perry Hill Road, Ashford CT
Shenipsit Striders | Ultra-Signup, pre-reg required
2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | 2014 Results | 2013 Results | 2012 Results | 2011 Results
2010 Results | 2009 Results | 2008 Results | 2007 Results | 2006 Results | 2005 Results | 2004 Results
Race director
  

14

Monroe Dunbar Brook, 10.5 & 3.5 mi, 10am Sunday October 7, 2018
Dunbar Brook Picnic Area, River Rd, Monroe/Florida town line, MA
2017 Race Info | 2017 Application, pre-reg, day-of | improved course map (thanks, Ben Kimball)
2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | 2014 Results | 2013 Results | 2012 Results | 2011 Results
2010 Results | 2009 Results | 2008 Results | 2008 Photos | 2007 Results | 2006 Results | 2006 Photos
2005 Results | 2005 Photos | 2004 Results | Ed Alibozek's History of Monroe Results, 1992-2005
Race director
  

15

Groton Town Forest, 9.5 mi & 3.4 mi, 12:30pm October 14, 2018
Groton Senior Center, 163 W. Main St, Groton MA
A Squannacook River Runners race - benefits the Groton Trails Committee
Race website
2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | 2014 Results | 2013 Results | 2012 Results | 2011 Results
2010 Results | Paul Funch's 2010 Race Report | 2009 Results | 2008 Results | 2007 Results
2007 Report | 2006 Results | 2005 Results | 2005 Race Report | 2004 Results
Rick Coveno and Bob Zanelli, Race directors
  

16

Mt. Toby Trail Race, Sunday October 21, 2018
Sunderland Town Park, Park Rd, Sunderland MA
2017 info at RunReg | Race course map.
A SMAC race.
2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | 2013 Results | 2012 Results | 2011 Results | 2010 Results
2009 Results | 2008 Results | 2007 Results | 2006 Results | 2005 Results | 2004 Results
Patrick Pezzati, Race director
  

17

Hairy Gorilla Half Marathon (& Squirrelly Six Mile), 9:30am Sunday October 28, 2018
John Boyd Thacher State Park, Voorheesville NY
Hairy Gorilla Race website | Albany Running Exchange, pre-reg opens in March
2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | 2014 Results | 2013 Results | 2012 Results | 2010 Results
2009 Results | 2008 Results | 2007 Results | 2006 Results | 2005 Results
Josh Merlis, Race director
  

18

Busa Bushwhack Trail Race, 10.0 mi & 5.3 mi, Sunday October 28, 2018
Brophy School, 575 Pleasant Street (Rt 30), Framingham MA
Race website
2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | 2014 Results | 2013 Results | 2012 Results | 2011 Results
2010 Results | 2009 Results | 2008 Results | 2007 Results | 2006 Results | Pre-GT results: 2005 | 2004
Race directors
  

19

Upton State Forest Trail Run, 21K (GT race) & 10.5K, 9am Sunday November 11, 2018
Upton, MA
Race site, pre-reg required and open
2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | 2014 Results
Race director
  

GT Series Contacts
Contact regarding the Grand Tree and its scoring, this website, and the newsletter

Race directors: Please let us know of any date changes or of any significant revisions to your race's results following their initial posting. - Thanks.